Bob McCarty on Hiatus to Finish Writing Book (Update)

In a post May 11, I explained that I would be expanding significantly the book I was about to release about Kelly Stewart, the former Army Special Forces sergeant released from the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth March 31 after spending two years behind bars based on a wrongful conviction. Today, I offer an update.

Despite my best intentions — and my seeming inability to look away from hot-news-of-the-day subjects — during the past six weeks, I’ve been unable to devote as much time to the book as I would have liked.  Instead, I was distracted by votes in the U.S. House of Representatives to fund fraud, by apparent corruption in Missouri Family Court cases; by heavy-handed USDA bureaucrats cracking down on people engaged in selling rabbits and using rabbits in magic acts and other activities that run contrary to the agenda of radical animal rights groups; and by news of the Oklahoma City Bombing investigation being clouded by the FBI’s practice of hiding evidence in secret databases.

After being posted on Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigJournalism, a couple of these stories went viral, even appearing on the Drudge Report and Rush Limbaugh.  Because this notoriety yielded very little in terms of financial support from readers, I’ve had to make a difficult decision to concentrate my efforts on finishing the book, a project I think will produce revenue.

Much like the store owner who hangs a “Gone Fishing” sign on his door during the peak of fishing season, I’m hanging a virtual “Gone Writing” sign on the front page of this blog.

While it doesn’t mean I will completely stop writing posts for this blog, it does mean — and, believe me, this is hard to write — I will not be writing much in this space until I finish the book.

Wish me luck.

UPDATE 9/29/11 at 8:26 p.m. Central:  Three Days In August.

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About BobMcCarty

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

4 thoughts on “Bob McCarty on Hiatus to Finish Writing Book (Update)

  1. As Octavian supposedly said to the sky about Mark Antony…”Don’t be gone long, Antony”…..(at least in the movie, anyway…) Paraphrasing a reference that “things” would “deteriorate” if he left for long

  2. Mr. McCarty,

    I have spent the morning reading about Kelly Stewart. I want you to know that my son was also convicted of a sex crime by the Army Military Court System without one shred of evidence. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault and convicted based on the testimony of the accuser and her boyfriend, a warrant officer in the Army. On the stand the accuser actually testified that she was using the sexual assault to get her boyfriend out of trouble, not only this trouble (fraternization) but previous trouble, which included lying to a two star general. Not only was my son convicted, he was sentenced to 179 days so his case will not go through the appellate process. He also wasn’t given a punitive discharge. His sentence screams that the Panel didn’t believe he was guilty. I believe the political environment is such that every sexual crime charged must result in a guilty verdict.

    After receiving a copy of the case files, I was shocked that there was no investigation by the military. In fact, the civilians dropped the charges because there was no evidence but a lack of evidence will not prevent a guilty verdict in a military court martial.

    My son’s clemency package has been submitted but we don’t have any hope that clemency of any kind will be granted.

    I just wanted you to know that Kelly’s case is not unusual. Soldiers are convicted for crimes they did not commit on a regular bases. How else can the military court system have a 96 percent conviction rate.

    I commend you in your efforts to draw attention to this serious injustice. If you would like to discuss this further, my phone number is ### – ###-####.

    Debbie Hunter
    Mother of an Innocence Soldier

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